Stuck-Pipe Prediction by Use of Automated Real-Time Modeling and Data Analysis
- Kent Salminen (Weatherford) | Curtis Cheatham (Weatherford) | Mark Smith (Weatherford) | Khaydar Valiullin (Weatherford)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Drilling & Completion
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- September 2017
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- Journal Paper
- 184 - 193
- 2017.Society of Petroleum Engineers
- stuck pipe, real-time model prediction, drilling optimization, non-productive time, real-time data analysis
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A real-time method is presented to predict impending stuck pipe with sufficient warning to prevent it. The new method uses automated analysis of real-time modeling coupled with real-time data analysis. It can be applied to all well types for any well operation, including drilling, casing running, completion activities, and reentries. The method uses leading indicators of stuck pipe that were identified by use of historical data sets of 36 stuck-pipe incidents in the Eagle Ford, Utica, and Permian and in the Gulf of Mexico. Two case histories show the utility of the new method in shale and carbonate horizontal wells for both drilling and off-bottom operations.
The new method combines two types of analysis: use of hydraulics and torque-and-drag (T&D) software to determine deviation of real-time data from the real-time model, and trend analysis (i.e., rate of change) of real-time data. Parameters used are pump pressure, flow rate, torque, rotary speed, hookload and drag, and weight on bit (WOB), along with static inputs such as bottomhole-assembly (BHA) and drillstring configuration and directional surveys. Additional parameters, such as downhole equivalent circulating density (ECD), are used when available and improve the results. But the method is designed to monitor all well types and provide a stuck-pipe-risk log even by use of only basic instrumentation. A novel algorithm predicts the probability of stuck pipe, which is presented in a real-time log.
Results demonstrate that there is no single leading indicator in all stuck-pipe incidents. Our early-detection method, called the stuck-pipe-risk (SPR) log, relies on multiple indicators to strengthen the likelihood of detecting impending stuck pipe while avoiding false alerts. A key element to automating the process is the use of filtering for rig activity. The first indicator is deviation of actual data from model predictions. A second indicator is trend analysis (specifically, rate-of-change calculations), which provides valuable insight into rapidly deteriorating wellbore conditions when deviation from model predictions does not respond quickly enough over a short depth or time interval. Results are presented that show the SPR-detection method successfully detected impending stuck pipe on four historical shale wells an average 38 minutes before sticking and on one historical carbonate well more than 2 hours before the event. No false alerts were recorded in these wells. These results were viewed as meeting the initial goal of providing relevant alerts with sufficient time to prevent the pipe from becoming stuck.
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